I need someone to write an MEDIA BASED APPLICATION PAPER for my principle of psychology 110 class. Minimum 1500 words.




There are numerous movies and television shows portraying various psychological disorders, treatments, and therapists/ psychologists, etc. You will choose a movie/show that is portraying a psychological illness/problem.

Sometimes an individual has a co-morbid diagnosis. Co-morbidity is when there is more than 1 psychological illness present (i.e., Sam has Bi-Polar Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). If that is the case, pick the one that is given the most focus as the basis for your paper. However, you will still state what the other diagnoses is and briefly describe what it is.

Your paper will be a minimum of 1500 words.

The title of your paper will be the name of movie/show AND in parentheses the name of the disorder being discussed.

**For those of you using a tv show and NOT a movie: Add a separate attachment at the end of your paper with the name of the episodes, and their corresponding season numbers that were mainly used throughout your paper. No, this cannot count as part of the word requirement**

Paper Content/Structure

Section 1:

Your first paragraph should briefly describe the film you watched. I am referring to the plot, characters, what the psych. Illness is of which character, and what happened. However, the in-depth details regarding the character with the psychological problem in question will be discussed in the next section.

Section 2:

This section will be the bulk of your paper and will have several paragraphs. The details surrounding the psych. Illness and the character in question will be discussed here.



A. Be sure to indicate the specific psych. Illness being presented. Do not describe the illness in the context of a general category. For instance, ifSuzie Q has an anxiety disorder (a general category), what specific anxiety disorder/diagnosis is being portrayed—GAD, PTSD, OCD?

NOTE: In some cases, a character may have a somewhat ambiguous diagnosis. This particularly is more likely to be the case under personality disorders, specifically ones that deal with crime (Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD) vs. Psychopathy vs. insanity, etc.) Disorders such as ASPD seem to fit under the diagnostic category of Personality Disorders better than others. Other psychological abnormalities such as psychopathy/sociopathy, and the notion of "criminally insane," are usually debated over many things (symptomology, finding a more appropriate general diagnostic category). Not to mention, the diagnostic differences between a psychopath and sociopath is still debatable, and without as much of a general consensus as other disorders.

A great example of this would be the character of Dexter Morgan from Dexter. While a serial killer, he doesn't perfectly fall into any category (especially as the show progresses, and definitely by the end). For instance: A lot of serial killers do perfectly fit the profile of a psychopath/sociopath. Since Dexter is a serial killer that does have psychopathic traits, he is considered to be a psychopath. However, such a diagnosis is very debatable and can be argued. A defining hallmark of psychopaths is their inability to feel love, remorse, or guilt, and an inability to develop these feelings (they cannot change). However, Dexter does feel these emotions and changes very greatly from season 1 to the end of show. Is he really a psychopath, and if not, what would better describe him? There may not even be a defining category since not all things in life neatly fit in a box with a bow on top. Such concepts are explored in the last season by a psychiatrist, but a clear answer could not be made.

If you pick something like this, you will still do your paper the same way as everyone else. However, you would discuss their symptoms across these diagnostic categories (and others) if they don't fully fit one area, and get to give more

opinions on what you think should define a psychopath/sociopath. What other psychological problems does this person exhibit? In the case of Dexter, he definitely exhibits signs of PTSD (saw his mom hacked by chainsaw as a child, has had bad dreams/re-living the moment experiences, and signs of panic/anxiety when having those memories triggered). Hence your paper on a topic in this area would be more creative—not harder.

B.    Describe what your character does, any events that occur, etc. that depicts the psychological illness, and explain why/how it does. You address this by stating the symptoms he/she is exhibiting, and how that is being reflected in the film. For instance: if the character Joe is a paranoid schizophrenic, what symptoms is Joe exhibiting—delusions? Hallucinations (visual/auditory)? Be specific. When you indicate any presenting symptoms, you will also describe how the character/film reflects the concept.

(i.e.,"Joe exhibited signs he was experiencing visual hallucinations. In the office scene, Joe was eating lunch when a bunny walked into the room and started to tell him that his life was in danger. The bunny said to follow him as he suddenly grew into the size of a dog and turned pink.")

NOTE: *lf co-morbid, then indicate what other psych, disorder the character has and "briefly" explain what that disorder is, and 1-2 examples from the film. However, your main focus is only on one. This does not necessarily apply to cases where the diagnosis is not fully clear/can be challenged (like in Dexter). That is because such a topic explores possibilities of what is wrong with them.

C.    Does the film overall accurately/truthfully portray the psychological disorder? Are there any aspects of the film that do not? If so, why not? Here is where you are basically giving your impressions.


D.   How does this psychological illness affect the people/loved ones around the character with the disorder? What are the resulting conseguences of their behavior, and describe any emotional distress that is caused by the disorder.

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